FOX Sports analyst Mike Pereira discusses the newest game ball procedures.
Here’s a summary:
- Each team will be required to supply 24 footballs to the officials locker room – 12 primary and 12 backup — 2 hours and 15 minutes prior to the game. Last season, the home team had to submit 24 footballs prior to the game, but the visitors only had to submit 12 footballs with an option to supply an additional 12 for use in outdoor stadiums.
- The referee will designate two members of his crew to conduct a pregame inspection to make sure all footballs meet the required specifications. Last season, the referee was the sole judge.
- The officials will number the balls 1-12. Last season, the balls were not numbered.
- The officials will measure the PSI and record that measurement corresponding to the numbered ball. Last season, no such record was kept.
- Any game ball within the allowable range of 12.5 to 13.5 PSI will be approved and the PSI level will not be altered. Any game ball determined to be over 13.5 PSI or under 12.5 PSI will either be deflated or inflated to 13.0 PSI. Last year, there was no specific measurement of 13.0 required if an adjustment had to be made.